This film is part of the 'Martin Scorsese Curates' season at BFI Southbank. The movie is also being shown at the cinema on February 25th. Full details here.
From the brief risqué interlude before the Production Code made Hollywood movies squeaky clean comes this serio-comic chronicle of a Cuban clip joint, where the girls dream of a better life as their pimps keep them earning. An always entertaining amalgam of melodrama, vaudevillian knockabout and bouncy trad jazz – with director Garnett’s serpentine tracking shots debunking early sound cinema’s static reputation.
Here (and above) is an extract.